This week’s OpenShift Administrator’s Office Hour was dedicated to sizing. More specifically, we had a conversation about how to determine the appropriate size and count of worker nodes based on Pod requirements while also taking into account factors such as horizontal vs vertical scaling, failure domains, and how to avoid stranding resources.  

We had some really great viewer questions about this topic, including:

  • Sizing considerations for 3-node “compact” clusters?
  • Should I use swap or virtual RAM to increase density?
  • Can I oversubscribe CPU/memory resources for OpenShift nodes?
  • Is it better to scale out or scale up nodes?

See the list below for additional links to specific topics, questions, and supporting materials for the episode!

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Episode 15 recorded stream:


Supporting links for today’s topic:

  • Episode 10’s topic was “Storage for Nodes”, which covered the workloads and considerations when sizing the disks used for OpenShift control plane and worker nodes.
  • The start of the sizing topic is here. If you’re interested in the other questions discussed, please see the links in the next section.
  • The “Recommended host practices” documentation page provides sizing guidance for control plane nodes and infrastructure nodes.

Other links and materials referenced during the stream:

  • During the stream we reminded the audience of the recently announced RHSB-2021-002 and CVE-2021-3156. Please remember, it’s important to keep your OpenShift clusters updated, as Red Hat Enterprise Linux CoreOS (RHCOS) is patched alongside the other OpenShift services, features, and functions.
  • We talked briefly about how RHCOS nodes configure their hostname, discussing how the node-valid-hostname service is used to set the hostname, but the value it uses can be set from multiple sources: virtual machine name, reverse DNS, DHCP assigned, and configuration from Ignition.

Other questions answered during the stream:


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